Online Learning: Student Perceptions of Teaching Presence, Social Presence and Cognitive Presence in a Virtual World

 by Ross McKerlich, Marianne Riis, Terry Anderson, Brad Eastman: Merlot JOLT

Presence – or having a sense of active participation – in distance education has increased with the expanding use of and affordances of communications technologies. Virtual worlds have been on the forefront of popular and education technology in the last three years and innovative methods of teaching and learning are emerging in these contexts. Using the recently validated community of inquiry (COI) instrument, this study focuses on students’ perceptions of teaching, social and cognitive presence in virtual world contexts. The authors examine whether the COI Instrument can effectively be applied to virtual world learning events. The results are exciting: in a diverse sample, virtual world learners perceive teaching presence, social presence and cognitive presence.

http://jolt.merlot.org/vol7no3/mckerlich_0911.htm

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